Isaiah 17 verses 10 & 11 set out principles applicable to our lives today. They say:
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
Therefore you will plant pleasant plants
And set out foreign seedlings;
11 In the day you will make your plant to grow,
And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;
But the harvest will be a heap of ruins
In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
As verse 10 talks about, if we forget God and are not mindful of Him, we will start to plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings. In other words we will pursue things that look and seem good to us, but are in fact foreign to our true nature as children of God. Things that are foreign to our true economy, God’s kingdom.
And as verse 11 talks about we will make these things grow and flourish, we will work at them and invest into them to make them prosper and succeed, but as the verse goes on to say, our harvest will be a heap of ruins and result in grief and desperate sorrow.
We’ll taste the bitter end of going our own way, of doing our own thing rather than pursuing God and His plans for us. The end is emptiness, grief and sorrow.
Don’t forget God and set out foreign seedlings.